Novelist and entertainment blogger, Hunter S. Jones, has a huge personality that truly translates onto paper. Even before the October release of her new book September Ends, Jones’s following has been an avid one, and it’s no wonder. Jones is a sweet and particularly sassy “Georgia peach” whose love of words and stories keeps her constantly contributing to her craft. September Ends has been well received — one reviewer describes the story as one that “stays with you well after you’ve read the last page”. Between writing articles, blog posts, short stories and yes, books, it is clear that Jones is a writer of all trades who constantly leaves her readers wanting more and more.
Cliche: How did your love for writing begin?
Hunter S. Jones: Great question. I’m not really certain how my love for writing began. As a kid, I was always the one getting little plays or bands together with all the other kids in the area. I would make up the skit and the others, mainly my cousins, would act out the parts. I have always played with words. Always.
Can you write anywhere, or do you have a specific place where you work best?
You never know when The Muse will strike. I can write anywhere. The Notes app on my iPhone gets a ton of usage! Sometimes you will see someone or something that will trigger an idea or concept. Or, you will just get a feeling or vibe about something and you have to write it down.
Do you know your story before you begin working, or does it come to you as you go?
Does anyone ever know where their story is going? I start with a synopsis and characters. Generally, the characters present themselves to me. Sometimes they appear in dreams. In September Ends, I just KNEW these characters. My collaborator sent an email when we were developing the synopsis and asked, “Who is the main character?” I sent him back a four page outline of Liz Snow, Elizabeth October Snow, of Atlanta, GA. I knew how tall she was, what color her eyes were, her grandparents names, where she attended school, her favorite food. It was fantastic! However, as the story developed, Liz presented even more aspects of her personality to me and my collaborator. We loved every minute of it!
Would you consider yourself a genre-specific writer? Is there anything that you enjoy writing about most?
You never know where a story will come from or what will inspire you. At least, I don’t. My first love is music. I love writing about indie alternative music. You know those bands no one has heard of yet, but they are playing somewhere night after night. They inspire me with their dedication to their art form.
What can readers expect from September Ends?
September Ends is a contemporary romance with erotic and supernatural elements bound together by poetry. It reveals the intricate web of passion and desire which entangles Liz Snow, Pete Hendrix and Jack O. Savage. The story is told through Liz Snow’s diary, Jack O. Savage’s poetry, and from letters sent across the Atlantic. Traveling throughout the lushness of a summertime in Tennessee and Georgia, September Ends journeys into the elegance of London’s West End and is finally settled in the countryside of Cornwall, England, a decade later. [The book] is a story of sin, redemption and salvation through love because love happens when we least expect it. Sometimes when you believe it’s the end, it is only the beginning.
For those who aren’t as familiar with your work, what are some of your previous titles?
My debut novella, Fables of the Reconstruction was released in 2012. It’s a steam punk zombie sex fest, or at least that’s what a reviewer called it. I have a collection of sexy little vignettes named Tales from a New Amsterdam. You can find those on Amazon. Moon Rose Publishing included my novella, Magic in Memphis, in the Celtic Festival anthology, A Celtic Tapestry. Those are my current works. September Ends was released October 2013. The response has been wonderful. I have the best readers in the world!
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Photos courtesy of Sarah Esther Photography, Atlanta, GA with hair and make up by Brielle Brenner and Blue Bird Artistry.